Tom Guilfoy Memorial Craftsmanship Award

Created in 2004, this annual award was in memory of Tom Guilfoy, owner of 100 year old Guilfoy Cornice Works in San Francisco. This award is for any project where attention to detail and expertise was critical to the project and exemplifies teamwork between sheet metal workers and the contractor and the contractor and owner.

This award is presented annually for any type of work in the HVAC, Specialty, Industrial, Kitchen or Architectural fields. Projects entered will be judged on the skill and expertise exhibited to complete the project, regardless of how big or small. There are two main categories – mechanical and architectural, along with a creative concepts category to recognize exceptional projects falling outside of the mechanical and architectural categories.

2020 Guilfoy Award Submissions



UTC Residential Tower by California Sheet Metal Works, Inc. was a project comprising of a 23-story 566,196 sq.ft. apartment building with parking, pool deck and common areas.Design, fabrication and installation of 1/8” aluminum panels, decorative ceiling panels and 1/8” aluminum panels at porte cochere, prefinished aluminum pool cabanas, 1/8” aluminum laser cut floral pattern panel system, roof top mechanical screen, stainless steel lighted handrails. Aluminum Panel Design Solution: A good portion of the design included compound radius corners and large radius elements. Another challenge was the logistics of hanging large panels from a roof suspended scaffold system 23 stories in the air. CSM designed and fabricated approximately 1,200 panels for this system. The corners alone required over 1⁄2 mile of welds along with grinding and cleaning of the welds.

Laser Cut Art Element Metal Panels: CSM designed a panel system projecting a custom floral pattern that could meet the demands of larger spanned air flow opening and structurally supported security walls and operable gates. This work entailed laser cutting and forming of over 292 panels.

Pool Side Cabanas: CSM designed, fabricated, and installed eight (8) pool side cabanas that exceeded the required specifications within budget and timeline.

Stainless Steel Lighted Railing System: CSM designed fabricated and installed the handrail system to include adequate lighting elements to meet pathway code requirements. One of the challenges was to coordinate the electrical low voltage wiring locations hidden in the railing to run through concrete sleeves.

Number of Man Hours Spent: 17,727

Making Waves Academy by Aire Sheet Metal installed over 23,000 sq. ft. of AEP Span, 24-gauge Span-Lok metal roofing, 11,000 ft. of AEP Span 20-gauge HR-36 equipment screen panels, and 800 linear ft. on MM systems interior and exterior expansion joints. In addition to the bought-out items, Aire Sheet Metal also shop fabricated and installed the GSM gutter, pre-finished 18- gauge fascia and copings, 24-gauge pre-finished trims and GSM flashings required to complete the project. A unique feature of the project was the diamond shaped valleys and 16-gauge welded sump drain pans at the metal roofs. With many of the roofing panels measuring over 80 ft. in length, the project was both physically and logistically challenging.

Number of Man Hours Spent: 7,883.75




Gilead NB324 by Southland Industries, Inc. is a 365,200 sq.ft. R&D Laboratory and Office in Foster City, California. This new ground-up four-story facility includes Chemistry labs, Biology Labs, Solvent Supply rooms, DI room, NMR rooms, breakrooms and offices. The project also has a six-story parking garage containing up to 569 parking spaces.

The project was initiated by Gilead to provide a centralized building to accommodate all the research laboratory activities on the Foster City campus. The project was designed to comply with CalGreen standards and meet LEED Certified levels ofsustainable design. Southland worked with EXP as a design assist contractor. Southland’s 3D BIM designers worked withother trades to design-in modularity and prefabrication to the project.

The project had eight custom air handlers representing 850,000 cfm that was 100% outside air. There were over 605 VAV units, and over 650,000 lbs. of sheet metal installed. Southland expended over 51,000 field manhours at the jobsite and 19,000 shop manhours in our Union City shop. Despite the large numbers of total manpower, the peak crew size was kept to 30 craft personnel. Ultimately, the project was delivered on budget and on schedule. And, most important, there were no loss time accidents over the two-year duration of the project.

Number of Man Hours Spent: 70,000 Total Hours

Stanford BMI by United Mechanical is a mechanical, plumbing, and building control systems for laboratory building for Stanford School of Medicine comprising 216,000 sq.ft. of laboratory and office space. Mechanical systems include two 180,000 CFM custom air handing units and two corresponding laboratory exhaust fans with heat recovery system. Heating and cooling provided from centralized campus plant to over 400 zone 4-pipe heating/cooling modules with all laboratory zones having supply and exhaust boxes for pressure control.

Labs with variable fume hoods supported by venturi style zone valves for accurate pressure and airflow control. A high pressure to medium pressure steam system is used to support glasswash and sterilizers. With OSA tempered with the heat recovery system and all heating and cooling performed at the zone level, the mechanical system allows for a very high level of energy efficiency in a one pass laboratory system. Plumbing systems consist of domestic hot/cold, storm, and sanitary sewer systems, restroom fixtures for office support spaces. Laboratory spaces are supplied with HW/CW, laboratory waste/vent, Evoqua RO/DI water, CDA, and vacuum. Nitrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and carbogen laboratory gases provided to lab spaces with turrets and switchover manifolds. Mechanical and plumbing systems were 3D modeled and coordinated to allow fabrication and installation of prefabricated duct and piping racks.

Number of Man Hours Spent: 159,000 Total Hours

Metropolis by ACCO Engineered Systems is a $1B, 6.3 acre, 3.5 million square foot Metropolis project is one of the largest mixed-use developments on the west coast. It is split up into four high-rise towers and two connected mid-rise towers that include a mixture of hotel, residential, office, and other mixed-use spaces. The total unit count is 1,889 on a total of 210 floors.

The coordination effort was exceptional. Multiple crews working simultaneously in separate buildings, in a denselycongested part of Downtown Los Angeles. Not to mention ACCO’s fabrication shop, working in sync with the field’sinstallation schedule on multiple phases at the same time. When ACCO was impacted by schedule delays, our crew worked (2) 10-hour shifts daily to not only capture the original TCO date, we improved the original schedule. This project was successful because of the expertise, determination, and work ethic of our team.

Number of Man Hours Spent: 335,390 Total Hours

Past recipients of this award include:

2019          Architectural –CMF, Inc.– Cal Poly Pomona Student Services Building, Pomona, CA
                  Mechanical – Southland Industries, Inc.– Sutter Health CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital, San Francisco, CA

2018            Architectural –CMF, Inc.– Apple Park, Cupertino, CA
                    Mechanical – ACCO Engineered Systems– USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, Los Angeles, CA

2017            Architectural –California Sheet Metal– Eli Lilly at Campus Pointe, San Diego, CA
                    Mechanical – University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors– UC San Diego, Jacobs Medical Center, La Jolla, CA

2016            Architectural –G.E.S. Sheet Metal– IAC Building, West Hollywood, CA
                    Mechanical – Control Air North, Inc.– Samsung American Headquarters, San Jose, CA

2015            ACCO Engineered Systems– Levi Stadium Home of the San Francisco 49ers, Santa Clara, CA

2014            Architectural –California Sheet Metal– San Diego Central New Library, San Diego, CA
                    Mechanical – Control Air North, Inc.– Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, CA

2013            Architectural –Air Systems of Sacramento– William Jessup University Expansion, Rocklin, CA
                    Mechanical – ACCO Engineered Systems– Cedars Sinai Advanced Health Science Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

2012            Architectural –Brady Air Conditioning, Inc.– 1905 Samuel Murphy Windmill Restoration Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
                    Mechanical– Control Air North, Inc.– Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences at UC Berkley, Berkley, CA                   

2011             Architectural –CMF, Inc.– Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
                     Mechanical – Key Air Conditioning, Inc.– Tom Bradley International Interior Improvement, Los Angeles, CA

2010            Architectural –Air Systems, Inc.– Target Store, Sunnyvale, CA
                    Mechanical – Marelich Mechanical, Inc.– GLAVC Veterans Home of California, West Los Angeles, CA

2009            CMF, Inc.– Los Angeles High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts, Central Los Angeles, CA

2008            Control Air North, Inc.– California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

2007            Air Systems Inc.– Harborwalk Condominiums, Oakland, CA

2006            Weiss Sheet Metal Company– Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA

2005            Custom Metal Fabricators, Inc.– Millennium Park BP Pedestrian Bridge, Chicago, IL